Asia-Pacific name team for IAAF Continental Cup

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The Asian-Pacific team for the IAAF Continental Cup has been announced with Olympic champions Sally Pearson and Valerie Adams the two stand-out names.

Pearson, who won gold in London two years ago, has struggled with injury over the past 12 months but showed signs she is returning to her best by winning Commonwealth gold in Glasgow.

Pearson has work cut out

The sprint hurdler will have her work cut out if she is to defend the victory she had the last time the competition was staged in Split, Croatia, in 2010, especially up against some talented Americas athletes.

Adams on the other hand has been in outstanding form since winning her Olympic gold in the English capital. The New Zealander is on a current run of 55 consecutive victories and will be the overwhelming favourite come the Cup's event.

Barshim expectation

Aside from Pearson and Adams, men's high-jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim will be one of Asia-Pacific's best chances for glory.

Barshim, the world indoor champion, has moved on leaps and bounds this year, improving his personal best to a massive 2.42m.

This season has seen him as one just one of the shining lights in a terrific year for men's high jump, with no fewer than six men going over the 2.40m barrier. Whoever he goes up against in Marrakesh will provide a stern test for the 23-year-old.

Last time out, Asia-Pacific finished bottom of the four nations on 286.5 points, just five and a half behind Africa.

This year's Cup takes place in Morocco on September 13-14.

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